In November 2022 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education voted to create an Aviation/Aerospace magnet program at E.E. Waddell High School.

The program will feature four Career & Technical Education strands:

  • Aviation and Aerospace: This pathway will expose students to the world of aviation and will allow for them to choose a track aligned with their interest their junior year. Students can choose from avionics, aerospace or flying. All students will begin with the first three courses before branching out to the area of interest their 11th grade year. Students will be taking two courses per year.
  • Graphic and Digital Design: A sequence of courses and the use of Adobe Creative Cloud software helps students develop skills in video and image manipulation, web development and visual communication. Students develop logos and magazine layouts to help prepare them for Adobe certifications and a career in graphic art and design.
  • Marketing – CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is how businesses make their marketing campaigns automated. CRM is how businesses interact with their customer base electronically. Think about the brands people receive ads via text, email, or social media; a CRM software is what sends the notification.
  • Software Development: Students will gain a deep understanding of software development through exposure to the fundamentals of computer science in this pathway. After a grounding in basic concepts of computer science and how it is embedded into our everyday lives, students shift up to specific areas of focus in computer programming.

Waddell’s Aviation program will begin in the 2023-2024 school year with students in grades 9 and 10.